Windows 10 looks like it will install updates automatically, whether you want them or not
Do you install every update that’s released for your computer? Sure, often installing updates is smart advice, keeping your PC armed with all the latest security features, but updates do a lot more than simply protect our machines from malicious attackers. Sometimes an update changes the way the system functions; one may even remove previously available features. As such, some users choose to carefully screen if and when updates are approved for installation on their machines. But from the looks of the latest Windows 10 Insider preview, that degree of choice is about to go away for the majority of Windows 10 users, as the software’s user agreement spells out a future in which users have no say in the update process.
The EULA now reads, in part, “The Software periodically checks for system and app updates, and downloads and installs them for you. You may obtain updates only from Microsoft or authorised sources, and Microsoft may need to update your system to provide you with those updates. By accepting this agreement, you agree to receive these types of automatic updates without any additional notice.”
Comments from Microsoft suggest that for Windows 10 Home users, there’s no choice available to reject this arrangement, and updates will be installed whether they want them or not. Users with Windows 10 Professional may be able to defer feature updates for up to eight months, but ultimately it appears that even they’ll have to accept them, or be cut off from future security updates. Only Enterprise users on the Windows 10 Long Term Service Branch will be have full control over update installation.
While there’s a lot to be said for making sure that your users’ PCs are secure, we imagine that Microsoft’s going to experience some significant backlash here from users unwilling to grant the company free rein to modify their system software at will.